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Caramelized Onion & Balsamic Hummus

25 min




10 ingredients or less

If you love the deep and bold flavours of caramelized onions and balsamic vinegar, then you're in for a treat!


(¼ cup per serving)


25 min


5 min


20 min


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  • 2
    medium yellow onions, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    olive oil
  • 2 cups (328 g)
    cooked chickpeas
  • 2
    cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup (60 mL)
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL)
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL)
  • lemon, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
  • ½ tsp
    paprika powder
  • ¼ tsp
    ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp


  1. Toss the onions in oil in a large pan on medium-high* heat, stirring every 3 - 5 minutes. Add splashes of water as needed to deglaze the pan. Continue cooking until the onions are a deep golden, about 20 minutes.
  2. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend on high until smooth.
  3. Test test and adjust the seasoning as desired. Serve with crackers, cut-up vegetables, or enjoy in a wrap or sandwich!


  • * Depending on the pan, you made need to reduce the heat to medium, but this will also increase the cooking time.


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Marguerite De Valois - April 9, 2024, 4:31 p.m.

Pour changer du houmous classique, très sympa

Hazel - March 5, 2024, 3:16 a.m.

Just to clarify, are the caramelized onions reserved for topping or blended in with the other ingredients to make the hummus? And would a sweeter balsamic fig vinegar work or do you think not? Thanks!

PUL Team - March 5, 2024, 7:29 a.m.

Hey Hazel, apologies for the confusion! The caramelized onions are indeed blended into the hummus but you can reserve some for the topping too. A balsamic fig vinegar sounds delicious! 🤗

Donna L - Feb. 23, 2024, 4:55 p.m.

This sounds fantastic, and will be making it. I love caramelized onions! Have you ever tried using different beans in hummus. I have tried white bean hummus and it’s a little more mushy but I can’t tolerate chickpeas.

PUL Team - Feb. 23, 2024, 9:04 p.m.

Hey Donna, we're glad you're excited to try it! Caramelized onions add a delicious flavour to this hummus. We've used general white beans, butter beans, and yellow split peas in other similar dips successfully. They do offer a slightly different taste and texture than chickpeas but you can always adjust it to taste 🤗

Jamie R - Jan. 24, 2024, 6:57 a.m.

This was my first time making hummus at home + this blend of flavors did not disappoint! So simple, yet empowering to know I can make this at home by myself and not having to buy it in store! Can’t wait to experiment with more flavor combinations on this app. Thanks for another great recipe PUL! 💚

PUL Team - Jan. 25, 2024, 6:31 a.m.

Yayy we're so happy that the hummus was enjoyed, Jamie! We're so excited to continue this culinary adventure together 🤗

Jess - Dec. 17, 2023, 1:09 p.m.

Thank you for this recipe too it was delicious and the first time I eat hummus and I liked it so much that I made it this week end too😆. I ate it with carrots, cherry tomatoes, red bell pepper and whole wheat bread and if you know of other vegetables that would go well with it please tell me 🙂

PUL Team - Dec. 18, 2023, 5 a.m.

Hey Jess, so thrilled you enjoyed the Caramelized Onion & Balsamic Hummus. We find it also pairs well with cucumbers, celery, and radishes for a refreshing contrast. Feel free to explore and find your favourite veggie companions though! 😃

Kate - Aug. 7, 2023, 8:12 p.m.

Easy, creamy and tasty !

Madara Nkanga - July 13, 2023, 11:39 a.m.

Easy to follow recipe. I used less lemon juice as it was quite strong and a bit more water (I had chick pea water I added instead of regular water), hummus tastes yummy ☺️

Līga - June 26, 2023, 3:16 p.m.

Love the taste 💚

Victoria - June 12, 2022, 4:06 p.m.

This the best hummus recipe!!

Kate - Nov. 5, 2021, 12:11 p.m.

OMG, this hummus recipe! I love it! :) I'm at home with my little baby, and this "cooking" was my me-time yesterday evening, I really enjoyed it. Thanks for the recipe ♥️

PUL Team - Nov. 5, 2021, 6:42 p.m.

So glad it was enjoyed, Kate, and sending lots of love to you and your little one 😃

Anny - Sept. 4, 2021, 4:05 p.m.

I never comment on recipes, but this was one amazing!! The onions make a huge difference to the taste. Thank you PUL!

PUL Team - Sept. 4, 2021, 5:53 p.m.

Aw this means so much, Anny! Thank YOU for taking the time to share the lovely review 🌻

Cris S - June 5, 2021, 5:50 p.m.

Another very inspired and creative hummus! Thanks for all the ideas! 😁 Here're some suggestions from me: artichoke, shiitake and za'atar hummuses! Yum!

PUL Team - June 6, 2021, 12:10 a.m.

All incredible hummus ideas, Cris, thank you for sharing! Happy cooking 🤗

Miriam - April 29, 2021, 7:45 p.m.

This was nice!

Paulina Łaczmańska - April 19, 2021, 7:23 p.m.

I say to my mum: "Mum, I know, it won't be modest, but I made an absolutely superb hummus" And that's true! The thing I modified was not adding salt and it's delectable! Thanks for the recipe!

PUL Team - April 20, 2021, 5:56 a.m.

Aww we're so happy the hummus was enjoyed, Paulina 🤗

Louise Magnusson🇸🇪 - March 29, 2021, 10:09 a.m.

Nice variation on the regular hummus! Nice condiment for vegetables. As I didn’t have balsamic vinegar at home, I used pomegranate syrup for the sweetness. It works quite well😌

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 10:53 p.m.

We enjoy this one with veggies too, Louise! Thank you for sharing the pomegranate syrup tip 🙂